Did you know that October is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month in Canada? Did you know that it is estimated that 1 in 68 individuals have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Did you know that each person with ASD is unique and will have different set of abilities, strengths and challenges? Characteristics of autism vary, as some being very mild in one person and quite severe in another person.
This month is a great opportunity to learn more about autism, raise awareness, and raise acceptance in our schools, workplace, and community. Please enjoy this short, 5-minute video entitled: Amazing Things Happen, created by Alex Amelines (independent animation director). The video was released in April 2017 to coincide with the tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day (Sunday April 2nd, 2017). The aim is to raise autism awareness among young audiences who do not have autism as well as to encourage understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is primarily aimed at 7-11 year old children.
To learn more about autism and available supports in the Ottawa region, please visit Autism Ontario (Ottawa Chapter)’s website.
The OCSB Autism Team is comprised of five Itinerant Resource Teachers who support our school teams in supporting students with autism. The team’s Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Lead coordinates professional learning opportunities for Board staff regarding ASD. The team also includes a Behaviour Consultant who facilitates adolescent social skills programs in high schools, a Speech-Language Pathologist who works works with Inclusion Coordinators in high schools in supporting programming for communication and social skills development, and coordinates an after school social skills program.